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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers & Experts on Quality / Safety
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Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Dr. Carroll is the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research and a Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and continues to be a sought after speaker on cost, quality and access -and the Affordable Care Act and its implications for our future. His blog: "The Incidental Economist" is one of the most widely read health policy blogs in the world and he is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Huffington Post on health research and policy. His YouTube channel, "Healthcare Triage" received the 2015 National Institute of Health Care Management Digital Media Award.

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Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD
Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD
a high performance healthcare executive offering a twenty eight year career of impressive successes as a clinician, academic, leader and innovator/entrepreneur. A medical futurist and Professor of Healthcare Innovation, he is currently the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, and the Chief Innovation Officer of the Health System at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. An international expert in Health Leadership with a global reputation as a healthcare innovation and innovation management specialist, Dr. Pillay is the first President of the International Society of Healthcare Entrepreneurship Education and Research (ISHEER), and a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow in Health Innovation.

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Michael Abrashoff
Michael Abrashoff
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, the ship’s performance ranked at rock-bottom. Worse - the crew didn’t feel safe should they be called into action. Determined to improve performance, but without the power to hire, fire or promote personnel, Abrashoff focused on what he could change: the ship’s culture. His innovative approach broke from the traditional command-and-control leadership style and sought to see the ship from the eyes of his crew - creating a guiding set of principles he calls Grassroots Leadership. His results-oriented approach equips organizations with the strategies, tactics and tools necessary to unleash innovation, lead significant change and increase operational performance. Publications from Fast Company to The Harvard Business Review have heralded this remarkable story.

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Laura Adams
Laura Adams
Laura Adams is the President and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), a center of collaborative innovation that advances health and healthcare transformation. RIQI is the only organization in the nation to win all three of the major HITECH health IT grants which funded CurrentCare (the statewide health information exchange), the RI Regional Extension Center and the RI Beacon Community. Laura served on the ONC's HIT Policy Committee's Governance Panel for the Nationwide Health Information Network. She is a member of the newly-launched HIMSS Center for Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Group and chaired the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Planning Committee for the "Digital Infrastructure for Population Health.

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Stuart Altman
Stuart Altman
Dr. Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, is an economist with approximately five decades of experience working closely with issues of federal and state health policy within government, the private sector, and academia. He has served on numerous government advisory boards on both the federal and state levels and is recognized as a leader in the health care field. Modern Healthcare, Celebrating 30 Years, listed Stuart Altman among the 30 people who have had the most influence on healthcare over the past 30 years; and, for the past six years, they named him among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.

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Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA
Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA
Kristin is an individual with a unique career path combining clinical nursing experience with marketing and business development for a variety of healthcare organizations. She is a consultant, author, speaker and trainer who uses an exclusive skill set to help healthcare organizations transform culture and shape the patient experience through leadership development, employee engagement, culture assessments, and mystery shopping.

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David Cutler
David Cutler
David Cutler, Harvard Professor of health economics and author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, was the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine, by Roger Lowenstein titled: The Quality Cure. He served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and was senior health care advisor to Barack Obama's Presidential campaign. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.

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Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer, a leading national expert in health care and health policy, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. She also serves as the Senior health policy adviser for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and is past editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation's leading journal of health policy. She also served as the on-air health correspondent for the PBS NewsHour from 1998 to 2008, and remains an on-air analyst on health policy for the show. A frequent guest on a number of National Public Radio programs, including This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show, she is a graduate of Dartmouth and holder of an honorary master of arts from the institution.

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Martin Makary, MD
Martin Makary, MD
Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why? To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Dr. Makary delivers a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system.

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David Nash, MD
David Nash, MD
Dr. Nash is a board certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement. Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare's list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his pro bono national activities cover a wide scope. Currently he is on the VHA Center for Applied Healthcare Studies Advisory Board. He is a principal faculty member for Quality of Care programming for the American Association of Physician Leaders (AAPL) in Tampa, FL and leads the academic joint venture between AAPL and the JSPH. He is on the NQF task force on Improving Population Health and is on the John M. Eisenberg Award Committee from the Joint Commission. He also is a founding member of the AAMC-IQ Steering Committee, the group charged with introducing the tenets of quality and safety into medical education. Finally, Dr. Nash has chaired the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (HC4) for more than 15 years and he is widely recognized as a pioneer in the public reporting of outcomes.

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John O'Leary
John O'Leary
John began speaking in 2005 to a total of eight organizations. Since then, John has partnered with over 850 organizations in 46 states and nine countries. His life is proof of the power of the human spirit. At nine years old, he was burned on 100% of his body and given less than one percent chance of surviving the first night. He endured months in the hospital, years in therapy, dozens of surgeries, and lost all of his fingers to amputation. As a boy in a hospital bed, John could not have foreseen his many accomplishments. Yet his experiences throughout the journey are what fuel the incredible compassion and authenticity that are evident in every presentation he gives focused on personal awareness, clarity of purpose and personal mastery.

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Quint Studer
Quint Studer
Quint Studer, named one of the "Top 100 Most Powerful People" by Modern Healthcare, has gained national recognition (USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Investor's Business Daily) as a change agent and thought leader in health care today because he so aptly links a sustained focus on service, quality, employee and patient satisfaction with growth and bottom-line results. Quint spent nearly 20 years inside health care, beginning in a staff position, later becoming COO of Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago and President of the Baptist Hospital Inc. in Pensacola, FL, where the hospital was awarded the Quality Cup by USA Today and Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Robert Wachter, MD
Robert Wachter, MD
For the past five years, Modern Healthcare magazine has named Robert Wachter, MD one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S. Generally considered the "father" of the hospitalist field, he is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco where he directs the 50-physician Division of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Wachter is the author of 250 articles and 6 books and he edits the US government's two leading websites on safety (they receive about one million yearly visits). He has written two bestselling books on the subject and received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation's top honor in patient safety.

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Scott Wordelman
Scott Wordelman
Scott Wordelman, FACHE, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Fairview Red Wing Health Services from 1998-2012. He led the creation of one of the nation\'s first rural integrated community health systems. On a state level, he is a former Chair of the Minnesota Hospital Association . Currently Scott is a member of the Minnesota Hospital Association Policy and Advocacy, and Chairman of the MHA\'s Workforce Development Committees. On a national level, he is a member of the American Hospital Association\'s Long Range Policy Committee. Scott is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.

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  • The 2016 election is over, and a top priority for the new administration and Congress is healthcare. The candidates discussed little substance about healthcare during the campaigns, despite the fact it is approaching 20% of our economy and touches every American. You could say the problems in healthcare have been caused by action by one party and inaction by another party. You could say Republicans want this and Democrats want that, but I don’t think labeling should be the focus. The problem is Congress (both parties) are tied to special interest groups. Insurers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and the plaintiff’s bar, along with Congress created our unaffordable healthcare system.
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  • Telehealth is here to stay, but it will go through an evolution like all new technology shifts. A new study evaluated performance of teledermatology. The results were mixed. There were incorrect diagnoses and missed diagnoses. Treatment recommendations were not always consistent with guidelines. Prescriptions frequently lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects.  The study was limited because there are not yet large numbers of cases to evaluate. A significant limitation to the study was the authors were unable to assess whether clinicians seeing these patients in traditional in-person encounters would have performed any better.

    On balance, telehealth is a good thing. It has the potential to expand access to more patients, and the medical literature is filled with examples of telehealth systems providing quality care.


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  • Squeezing in a little exercise improves concentration and actually makes your meeting more productive. Waking up the mind and body creates a better atmosphere for listening to the innovative thoughts and ideas being delivered and better prepares us for putting those ideas into action when we return to the workplace.

    Invite a person from your Leadership Team to deliver a “3-5 minute” exercise break. Exercise helps increase energy levels, as well as concentration levels.  Break up the presentations where sitting for long periods can put the mind, not to mention other parts of the body, to sleep.  The break also creates a different type of exposure for your attendees to interact with leadership! 
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  • Re-Posted from John Patrick’s Blog on Accelerating Cancer Treatment…I remember being at a technology conference in 1999 when teenagers Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning demonstrated a digital music service called Napster. It was the beginning of a revolution, and it made a lot of sense to me. The rock group Metallica sued Napster in 2000 and the momentum of music sharing slowed – temporarily. I never saw the problem as theft. I saw it as an industry unwilling to give up the status quo and give consumers a way to purchase music. It took Steve Jobs, the iPod, and iTunes to ignite major growth in digital music.
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  • Dr. John Patrick has the following to say to our next president:

    The 2016 political scene is unfolding. In less than a year, American citizens will decide who our next President will be. So far, in the debates, town halls, and speeches, little substance has been discussed about healthcare, despite the fact it is approaching 20% of our economy and touches every American. You could say the problems in healthcare have been caused by action by one party and inaction by another party. You could say Republicans want this and Democrats want that, but I don’t think labeling should be the focus.
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  • The latest in healthcare technology is from John Patrick’s blog:

    When doctors or nurses measure our blood pressure, they normally place a cuff around our arm and inflate it. The measurement is for a point in time and sometimes representative. Scientists at Australia’s Monash University are developing a new approach. Their cuffless “blood pressure estimation system” can be worn for hours at a time and wirelessly transmit real-time readings.

    The new approach uses radar technology and is comfortable because no pressure is applied to a patient’s body. Lead scientist Mehmet Yuce explains:

    The system incorporates a few small sensors that are worn against the skin at arterial sites, beneath the clothing.
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  • Recently I took a cab from the Dallas airport to a downtown hotel. During the ride I inquired of my driver what he thought of Uber. That was a mistake. I got a detailed and thorough analysis of everything he thought was wrong with the Uber concept and why it could not possibly last. His argument included that the drivers were not licensed, they did not have to pass any sort of test about the geography of the city, and that they did not carry adequate insurance. This contrasted with everything I’d heard from many friends that Uber is the best thing that has happened to intra-city travel.
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  • In the late 1800’s France poured money, men and material into building the Panama Canal. They were spectacularly unsuccessful. Years later the concept of a canal intrigued President Theodore Roosevelt. The prevailing sentiment at the time was that the canal should go to Nicaragua presumably because clearly anything connected with the French had to be slipshod.

    It was only after some thoughtful discussion and Roosevelt’s leadership that the decision was made for the United States to build the canal through Panama along the same route previously attempted by the French.

    In today’s environment anyone or anything associated with the Affordable Care Act is also immediately dismissed as irrelevant and moot by the political right.
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